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July 29, 2012 / Political Fluency

The Wit & Wisdom of Gary Miller on the Obamacare Decision

Politics takes a break while everyone’s attention is on the Olympics.

Mitt Romney made a boneheaded statement wondering if London was ready for the games, but that won’t even be on the radar by the end of this week. He is out of the country traveling to England, Israel, and Poland instead of continuing to campaign here.

However, this gives us time to reflect on important matters that may not be the news of the day even politically.

Working as a consultant in a company whose revenue is dependent upon employers offering health insurance to their employees, Obamacare puts that business model in jeopardy and my fellow colleagues were hoping – and some even thinking – it would be struck down. It wasn’t. Since it was more than a political loss for “my side” as it affects me financially, I refrained from commenting based on emotions that had me telling people that  “John Roberts is a shyster lawyer in a black robe that we call Chief Justice.” And I didn’t want to write that type of thing on this site.  So here are G-Eminem’s collective thoughts on the matter over this past month before and after the decision.

Today’s Arizona v. U.S. decision has me scared sh*tless that Justice Kennedy is reverting to his typical “cut the baby in half” mentality. The fact that CJ Roberts and Kennedy appear to be co-authors of Thursday’s ACA decision makes me increasingly pessimistic that much of Obamacare will be upheld 6-3.


Political Fluency – As a conservative, I can’t stand this law, but the Congress has a right to do almost everything outside of the individual mandate. Congress can tell states to build exchanges – look at how Medicaid works as well as what happens to federal funding of highways if you want to lower your state’s drinking age. Congress can reduce the amount that’s pre-tax in an FSA. Congress can ask for W-2 info.

I’m leaving this industry ASAP to work in Education because no one has the balls to talk about cost of care – how we need to unplug 85 year-old grandma to save $100,000, how doctors and facilities hide their costs by charging people different prices for the exact same procedures based on the Payer (government, insurance, patient) along with the new drugs and new technology innovations that are expensive and foisted upon an unhealthy population that never denies themselves the latest and greatest of anything


“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” ~Thomas Jefferson


Comment – The insurance system is flawed, there is no competition within states as one or two companies own 60 – 70 percent or higher market shares within individual states. There are anti-trust exemptions on them to allow it, and they cannot compete across state lines. This combined with overburdening regulation on the health care industry has CAUSED prices to rise, the days were you can have a doctor show up at your house are gone because of liability lawsuits. One doctor makes one mistake, and they are done as a doctor for life. Not to mention out the money it cost for the schooling and paying for the liability insurance as well.

The truth is that people that get sick and have no money should reach out to friends and family for help. I know of at least 5 or 6 free clinics in my local area that accept donations for supplies for helping people for free. If the over regulation on the market place (specifically healthcare) were removed, then this would be more of a common place.

When I get sick or injured, (I have no insurance), I go online and do my own research on my symptoms and what causes them find some herbal remedies and get better within the next day or too. As far as injured that depends on the injury.

The answer should never be that “WE” should take care of them, they should be ALLOWED to take care of themselves without government interference.


Within an hour you will find out if you are a citizen or a serf. That right there is some exciting sh*t.


Comment – Serf’s up!


Comment – So, as we approach the abyss, instead of stepping on the brakes, throwing out the anchor, deploying the parachute, and yanking the parking brake, we’re going to hit the nitro, step on the gas and hope we have enough momentum to sail clean over the abyss and land on the other side… Good luck with that.


Two days ago, contrary to futures markets and the vast majority of the pundit class, I predicted a 6-3 ObamaCare victory.

I hate being eerily prescient.


This is where all my Republican friends tell me we have to vote for Romney because of SCOTUS appointments.



Comment – Never thought I’d see the day that The Supreme court would allow government to force its citizens to purchase a product.

Thank you Willard Romney (Phew-wee)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opinion, which partially concurred with Roberts majority opinion and partially dissented, wrote (via Mother Jones):

By requiring most residents to obtain insurance, see Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 111M, §2 (West 2011), the Commonwealth ensured that insurers would not be left with only the sick as customers. As a result, federal lawmakers observed, Massachusetts succeeded where other States had failed. See Brief for Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Amicus Curiae in No. 11–398, p. 3 (not­ing that the Commonwealth’s reforms reduced the number of uninsured residents to less than 2%, the lowest rate in the Nation, and cut the amount of uncompensated care by a third); 42 U. S. C. §18091(2)(D) (2006 ed., Supp. IV) (noting the success of Massachusetts’ reforms). In cou­pling the minimum coverage provision with guaranteed­ issue and community-rating prescriptions, Congress followed Massachusetts’ lead.


Your only mistake was clinging to the notion there was still hope.

Silly patriot.


I thought ObamaCare was going to be a tough pill to swallow.

Then I found out it was a suppository.


Slate: CJ Roberts just, like, totally served up some Originalist WIN! Or something.

Did Roberts Save Health Care Just So He Could Gut the Commerce Clause?




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